TaxACT Free Edition 2012

Get your tax return ready the easy way

TaxACT is a desktop application that will help U.S. wage earners file federal taxes for free on their PC. View full description


  • Very well documented
  • Support for several kinds of tax returns
  • Easy-to-use interface


  • Not all forms are available on this version
  • State filing costs an additional fee

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TaxACT is a desktop application that will help U.S. wage earners file federal taxes for free on their PC.


Taxes are the kind of thing you shouldn't leave for later, as much as you might want to. TaxACT is a popular finance and budget tool that helps you get your tax returns ready in no time. The program features all the tools you need to prepare your federal and state tax return in-browser. Then you can choose to either e-file or print it the return out and manually send it in.

Taxes are not an easy topic, but TaxACT makes it easier on everyone with detailed tutorials, an in-depth Q&A section, and handy videos that cover all the important topics and offer you step-by-step directions in order to fill out the forms correctly.

Recognized forms

TaxACT lets you prepare different sorts of tax returns (including 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ) and includes a series of special tools to help you obtain the highest refund possible. TaxACT also recognizes work done on an independent contractor basis in a 1099-MISC and will help you deduct the taxes you owe right from your federal and state refunds if you haven't yet paid in.

Students and recent graduates can also breathe easy. If you received a 1098-T documenting how much tuition you paid in last year or a 1098-E reflecting how much interest you paid your lender on your student loans, TaxACT will prompt you to input it into its calculations to ensure you get the maximum amount of deductions possible in that regard.

Business owners, as well as those who received income from some other form of self-employment, alimony, and a variety of other sources are all covered by TaxACT's comprehensive filing walkthrough.

State filing

It's also possible to file your state returns through TaxACT for a reasonable fee. The process is the same, and you have the option to pay this filing fee through a deduction of your refund or else by credit card.

When you've completed both federal and state filing forms, TaxACT also lets you go through any alerts it's found to ensure you're double checking your information before submitting. If the program notices a discrepancy, it will inform you and give you the opportunity to review it.

If you'd prefer to do your taxes online instead, TaxACT has an online version as well.

If you're looking for easy, reliable tax software to prepare basic tax returns, TaxACT is definitely an excellent choice.



TaxACT Free Edition 2012

User reviews about TaxACT

  • brettgrumm

    by brettgrumm

    "This software is not 2012"

    This software on this site is not 2012 it is actually 2011. I have been trying to find 2012 but cannot find it. This ...   More.

  • sedsall

    by sedsall

    "Online version OK, but some things should be clearer"

    Just about done with my taxes using TaxAct Online for the 2nd year. Here are some of my gripes. See pros and cons be...   More.

  • rfomaocgo123

    by rfomaocgo123

    "Easiest Ever"

    Great Software...easy to use and very instructive...step by step, it has my vote. I have used other downloads and ta...   More.